“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Someone that you have deprived of everything is no longer in your power. He is once again entirely free.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“The battle line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“It is in the nature of the human being to seek a justification for his actions.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
How true it is that young or old, the search for love consumes us. I think that is what brings on frustration, disappointment, anger, bereavement, loss and fear. The need for love is stronger than any other need. I remember during a psychology course many years ago, there was an experiment about how animals search and need love. They used monkeys, and I don’t recall the details, but I remember they were comparing the monkey’s requirement for love versus their need for food. They wanted to prove which was the more powerful need. The surprising findings, even to the scientists performing the study, was that monkeys chose love over food.
“I don’t need a holiday or a feast to feel grateful for my children, the sun, the moon, the roof over my head, music, and laughter, but I like to take this time to take the path of thanks less traveled.” Anonymous
“The Holiday season is a perfect time to reflect on our blessings, and seek out ways to make life better for those around us.” Terri Marshal
The holidays are coming and you can already feel the anxiety. We all have it yet think we are the only ones sensing the stress. Some of us hide our fear better than others but without a doubt none of us like being criticized or gossipped about when the occassion is over. In truth our reality differs from what another experiences. None of us comprehend the total meaning behind words actions or gifts and we fret about our own situation unaware of the bombs we drop on others.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” Dalai Lama
“When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others.” Dalai Lama
“When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.” Dalai Lama
“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.” Dalai Lama
We are so controlled by our thoughts that they might as well be chains. I am inclined to believe that our bad habits are due to our inability to stop, alter or even think about them. We can’t stop or won’t because as long as we keep our summary of what is within our ability to change, it allows us to keep repeating and doing whatever is a bad habit or action becasue it isn’t in our power to stop it. It gives us the green light to do as we want because we can’t help it so we profess. Somehow it requires some special force to alter situations. Continue reading →
“There is no passion so contagious as that of fear.” Michel de Montaigne
I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford,
“Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.” Anonymous
“If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I’d finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I’d do more hugging and less tugging.” Diane Loomans
Having a passion for anything leads one into territory untraveled. We are all aware that for the most part we are conformists. Nobody likes to be shunned or insulted so we either fly below the radar or we are careful to state truth in ways that are palatable for others. Even with friends we aren’t completely open about every subject. Perhaps it is also partially due to the fact that we don’t always agree and we don’t want to argue with friends. Continue reading →
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything you gave me.” ~Erma Bombeck
“Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.” Albert Schweitzer
I’m sure we have all heard the phrase, ‘What you don’t know won’t hurt you.’ Of course there are many ways to look at that. If we don’t know we are ill then it might hurt us. We could debate this for hours, but I believe that what we haven’t stopped to consider, will affect us in profound ways.
We are not far removed from the squirrels, birds and other animals we study as they search for food, mates, homes and security. I laugh at the birds visiting my feeder, as they fight to gain access to the food. One morning I remember saying out loud, “There is enough food why are they fighting instead of waiting?” Of course at that moment, I realized they were behaving just the same as people. Continue reading →
“It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.” Lawrence G. Lovasik
“Gossip needn’t be false to be evil – there’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.” Frank A. Clark
“Don’t worry about those who talk behind your back. They’re behind you for a reason.” Unknown
“The girls who gossip to you, most likely also gossip about you.” Unknown
“Strong people don’t put others down. They lift them up.” Michael P. Watson
“How would your life be different if…You walked away from gossip and verbal defamation? Let today be the day…You speak only the good you know of other people and encourage others to do the same.” Steve Maraboli
“Gossip is spread by wicked people. They stir up trouble and break up friendships.” Proverbs
The word gossip brings cringes to most people. None of us like to be accused of gossiping. It is the most common form of recreation, that we all indulge in, no mater how old we are. Questioning our reasons for participating in it, is very important. Many times we lose sight of the damage that it causes. It appears to be harmless, so we rarely stop. Perhaps we should question why we feel the need to trash others. Again the use of the word trash makes us uncomfortable.
“I can’t stop the waves but I can learn to surf.” Unknown
“When life’s problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.” Unknown
“Is there a difference between happiness and inner peace? Yes. Happiness depends on conditions being perceived as positive; inner peace does not.” Eckhart Tolle
How pompous it is to assume we know what another is feeling or dealing with in their lives. I for one have done that so many times that I am drowning in my thoughts of regret. I never said anything hurtful to the people who were suffering with situations but I never totally understood the depth of their problems. Suffice it to say that I now realize there are perhaps many issues others must face that are much more difficult than they appear on the surface. Continue reading →
“Never say that you can’t do something, or that something seems impossible, or that something can’t be done, no matter how discouraging or harrowing it may be; human beings are limited only by what we allow ourselves to be limited by: our own minds. We are each the masters of our own reality; when we become self-aware to this: absolutely anything in the world is possible.” Mike Norton
“Never let someone who draws a line and say you can’t cross it intimidate you. Don’t be discouraged when someone says you can’t do it. You might have been the only one sent to do it.” Israelmore Ayivor
“Belief is truth held in the mind; Faith is a fire in the heart.” Unknown
“The christian life is not a constant high. I have to go to God in prayer with tears in my eyes and say oh God forgive me or help me.” Billy Graham
It is getting closer to that time of year when everyone begins thinking about what is wrong in their lives. It is the holiday season, the time of year we quantify our happiness by how our gains measure up against another s. The spouse is in jeopardy and the kids though we love them, can be disappointing. We wonder if we created the mess or if the chaos simply arrives around the holidays. We spruce ourselves up and have faith we’ll get through it without too many obstacles. How sad to have to ‘get through’ some enjoyable times. Continue reading →
“We’re going to have to let truth scream louder to our souls than the lies that have infected us.” Beth Moore
Without a doubt most people suffer from a lack of confidence. I am no exception. I know there are days when I can feel on top of the world. I have a good sense of self and feel ready to face the strongest foe. Unfortunately, that false sense of surety leaves me swiftly as soon as I meet with the first rebuff of the day. There is our problem. Continue reading →
“A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.” Albert Schweitzer
“The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.” Albert Schweitzer
“Being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers, even if the answers hurt.” Paul Tillich
What a profound question. I am not sure about the answer. Actually my answer is no. I don’t see it even in myself. Reviewing history makes anyone realize that we appear to be making similar mistakes. I want to change for the better as much as anyone but I’d like to do it my way and without disruptions to my life. That of course means placing my needs and wants first and worrying about self. I am not looking at the big picture of how much I might be infringing on others in my pursuit of happiness. Continue reading →